Brett Smith Hams, B.A.
Brett Smith-Hams recently finished her post-baccalaureate pre-medical certification at Mills College in Oakland and is applying to medical school for the fall of 2012. In 2007, she earned her BA in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She joined the Stanford University School of Medicine Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Medical Education Research Group (LGBT MERG) while searching for opportunities to apply her background in Gender Studies and passion for social justice-driven research in the medical field. She has been an Investigator with the group since May of 2010. She is currently involved in the group’s efforts to disseminate and advocate for its work developing curricular changes to improve LGBT health education for medical students. Previous research includes “Feminist Justice in Practice: Witness Experiences of Survivors of Wartime Sexual Violence in the Sud BiH” while studying with the School for International Training in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina; and “Forging a Queerless Nation: Republican Nationalist Discourse in the 2008 Presidential Election Campaign”, her senior thesis at the University of California, Berkeley. She has been dedicated to advocating for gender and sexual equity in healthcare throughout her undergraduate and post-baccalaureate careers, as an employee at NARAL Pro-Choice California, a sexual health peer educator, and campus grassroots campaign organizer. She hopes to go on to become an OB/GYN, and is committed to advocating for LGBT health equity throughout her medical career.